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World's richest man blasts Zim poll

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Founder of Virgin Group and one of the world’s richest men, Richard Branson has condemned Zimbabwe’s elections, saying there is need for vigilance to stop more rigging polls.

In his blog post, Brasil says democracy starts with respect at the ballot box, adding it’s incumbent upon everyone to keep pressure for free and fair elections.

“The Zimbabwe elections seem to have been so severely rigged that it is hard to imagine the result will be accepted and all of us who can must keep pressure on for free and fair elections,” Branson said. “There has been widespread condemnation of this unfair election and the need for evryone to be vigilant to stop more rigged elections.”

Branson says everything about the process, from registration duplicate voters, intimidation, extra ballot papers, rejected voters to media bias calls the whole electoral process into questions.

“The ultimate goal of democracy is to build a vibrant civil society that connects with the rulers and the ruled. It starts with respect at the ballot. A friend talking about (President) Robert Mugabe quoted Oscar Wilde: “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go,” Branson said.

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